The term “microblading” has been around for years. Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic tattooing artistry procedure; that fills in thin eyebrows to achieve a look of fuller brows, where the color pigments is applied to the eyebrow area, to give a hair like appearance, this procedure has gained popularity over the last several years.
What is Powder Brows often referred as Ombre Brows?
A powder brow is a cosmetic semi permanent makeup technique, different from a Microblading procedure, designed to create eyebrows with soft powder effect, very similar to powder makeup. Powder effect is done with a shading technique using a permanent makeup device, which is similar to a tattoo gun.
A discussion with the Esthetician during your brow consultation will be determined which the best overall procedure is right for you, to get the look is you want to achieve.
Microblading offers a natural looking, defined eyebrow arch and shape giving you the appearance of natural looking eyes brows. Unlike a traditional tattoo artistry, which is permanent, the coloring from microblading may last for up to 3 or more years, varies from person to person, care and sun exposure an play a factor in how fast the pigment will fade; microblading uses different tools and a smaller amount of pigment than used with traditional tattoos
The procedures take up to 2-3 hours, initially your brows will appear darker immediately after your initial treatment. Microbladed brows will naturally lighten over time; excessive sun exposure will lighten and fade the pigment faster, touch-ups may be necessary to maintain your desired look.
Powder Brows uses an ultra-fine tattoo needle and a Permanent Makeup Device to deliver pigment to the skin. Powder Brows are sometimes referred to or called “Ombre Brows.” Powder Brows result in a look most like makeup powder, hence the name “Powder Brows.”
Powder Brow’s recovery occurs in a shorter period of five days. Powder Brows heal much faster than Microblading because the pigment isn’t implanted as deeply into the skin. Powder brows work well with normal to dry skin. Powder Brows typically retain their original shape up to two years and can vary from person to person depending on how you care for your brows and sun exposure an play a factor in how fast the pigment will fade, also this is primarily because the vegan pigment isn’t implanted as deeply into the epidermis as with Microblading.
With Powder Brows, you may need touchup session when you find yourself filling in your brows again. Powder brows would be a great option for someone who has brows, but has gaps in their brow area that hairs no longer grow; you have light faded brows that you normally tint and you are tired of getting your brows tinted every couple of weeks to maintain the color, a very soft pretty powdery look with powder brows. Pre and post care similar to Microblading and will be discussed before and after your procedure.
Special tools are used for Microblading with needles to apply color pigment; the process involves breaking into the skin, to make hair like follicle strokes that give the appearance of eyebrow brow hairs. Successful microblading procedures will depend on the person performing it. Infections are possible if untrained, unlicensed people practice under unhygienic conditions.
What to be aware of when you are considering Microblading. All cosmetic procedures, including microblading and permanent tattooing, have possible risks associated with them. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the risks of microblading before undergoing a procedure.
Here are important things to keep in mind when considering microblading or powdered brows
- Microblading & Powder Brows procedure should be done in a state licensed salon or spa State Licensed, with State Health Department inspections and approval as well as State approved pre and post procedures instructions in place, including cleanliness and sanitization procedures are in place. If these items are not in place, there is a greater possibility of poor quality pigment products are being used with a under trained person and the possibility of an infection occurring.
- Who’s doing the procedure – In the State of Michigan only a “Certification of training” is required
At Treuvis Med Spa & Laser our Microblading Technician is a licensed Esthetician in the State of Michigan, trained, tested and certified by taking a State approved Microblading Course, she is also a certified Makeup artist, with 20 years of experience in Microblading and Powder Brows
- Number of years of experience the esthetician has who’s performing either procedure, having a highly skilled esthetician who has preformed this procedure for a number of years, undergone the appropriate training and not someone’s doing the procedure from a home salon that is not regulated by the state or health department. The success of the microblading or powder brows procedure, all needs to be considered prior to agreeing to move forward.
Allergic reaction for both Microblading and powdered brows
While allergic reactions to organic pigments used for the procedure are rare, it can happen. It is, therefore, important to ask the esthetician what types of pigment they are using and how they confirm allergies.
Infection for both Microblading and powdered brows
Since microblading breaks the skin, there is a serious risk for transmission of infectious diseases, including HIV and bacterial skin infections.
Unsterile tools, not properly sanitizing the procedure room and other equipment are among the leading risks for transmitting infection. All tools and equipment must be sterilized before the procedure has even started to avoid any infectious complications.
Semi-permanent Microblading cannot be easily removed or covered up once the procedure has been completed. A person will likely endure additional costs to manage complications and correct the procedure that was poorly preformed. The best way to ensure the procedure is done correctly is by vetting the esthetician and the establishment where a person is considering getting the microblading done.
Risks for both Microblading and powdered brows
The esthetician should provide guidance on risks, preparing for your procedure and promoting recovery afterwards. The possibility of problems with permanent makeup procedures is rare when all health standards are followed, especially in regards to the disinfection and sterilization of equipment.
Medical complications may also be related to post-procedural care, but these risks decrease when a person follows aftercare instructions properly.
Preparation the key to help with a successful procedure:
- Avoiding caffeine beverages or alcohol on the day of the procedure.
- Tinting brows before the appointment.
- No tanning or sunbathing for 3 days before the appointment.
- No waxing or plucking eyebrows within 2 days beforehand.
- No chemical peels and other intense facial treatments for at least 2 to 3 weeks before the procedure.
- Discontinuing vitamin A (Retinol) and Botox treatments for at least 1 month beforehand.
- Stopping taking fish oil or any other natural blood thinners, such as vitamin E, at least 1 week before the procedure.
- Avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen for pain relief or steroids (as these types of medications are blood thinners).
- Not “working out” the day of the appointment.
Procedure Day for both Microblading and powdered brows
- The esthetician will discuss the shape, color, measure and pre-draw your brows out prior to the procedure, with your approval the procedure will begin.
- A topical numbing ointment on the brow area will be used to helps reduce discomfort during the microblading procedure
- Once the client is comfortable, the esthetician begins the procedure. The esthetician will take their time, this is a very detailed procedure, wear comfortable clothing, you’ll be lying on your back, the procedure can take up to 2-3 hours.
- The client may feel a scraping-type of sensation in the brow area, but the process is usually only minimally painful and very tolerable.
Recovery and aftercare for both Microblading and powdered brows
- Gently washing over the eyebrows with a fingertip, using antibacterial soap and water for about 10 seconds, rinsing, and then patting dry
- Using a minimal amount of moisturizing ointment
- Keeping the brows away from water for 7–10 days, which includes not taking long showers or swimming
- Avoiding putting makeup on the brow area while it is actively healing to keep the area as clean as possible.
- Not picking at the scabs
- Avoiding direct sunlight or tanning for at least 4 weeks after the procedure
- Not using facial scrubs or peels for at least 4 weeks after the procedure
- Not sleeping on the face for at least 10 days after the procedure
- Once the skin has healed, a person can protect their eyebrows and help prevent the color from fading by applying sunscreen on the Microbladed area.
- A touch-up to finalize the brows 4-8 weeks after the procedure
- After that, touch-ups may be done after about a year or longer and varies from person to person
If you have any questions before and after your procedure contact Treuvis Med Spa & Laser during operation hours.